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A dragon shape-shifter and a computer mastermind, Ryder is sent to guard Glasgow after a devastating Dark attack. But when memories of an explosive affair come back to him - in the flesh - Ryder cannot help but want to protect the woman who haunts his dreams. Even if means shifting into the dragon he was never supposed to reveal....

Kinsey could never get enough of Ryder. His every touch only left her wanting more. But now that she's seen him in his true form, Kinsey's world is rocked to the core. She knows that to stay - and feel - alive, she must be with Ryder. But is Kinsey's passion worth the risk of danger that comes with being a part of Ryder's dark and fierce world?

©2016 Donna Grant (P)2016 Tantor

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  • Trish R.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 03-09-17

Just ok..

SMOKE AND FIRE Part 1

After three years of not seeing one another someone sends Kinsey to Dreagan, unbeknownst to her her ex-lover Ryder is there. Ryder left her when she saw him shift into his dragon form and ran from him screaming like a banshee. Anyway, together they try to figure out who wanted Kinsey at Dreagan with Ryder and why.

Of course, you have to have a couple of murdering bad guys so Taraeth, king of the dark fae, and Mikkel, the killer uncle of Ulrik. Balladyn was here too but you never know if he’s decent or evil.
AND Rhi was there, too. I really, really like Rhi and I can’t wait to find out who her dragon king was. And I’d like to know why death’s minion, Daire, is following Rhi, invisibly.

No sex in in this part be the F-bomb was used 5 times.

SMOKE AND FIRE Part 2

The second book was spent with Ryder being love-sick and Kinsey being stubborn and acting like she was done with Ryder, while always thinking how much she wants and loves him. A little too much angst for me in part 1 & 2. I wasn’t going to judge to harshly until I read the other two parts, though. A lot of searching for any sign of Ulrik on their computers, only to find him right under their noses. AND still thoughts on Balladyn’s part of killing Taraeth so Balladyn could become king of the dark fae. Seems like he’s been thinking that for the past 2 or 3 books. He needs to kill, or be killed, and stop thinking about it. And I’m still not sure how I feel about Balladyn capturing Rhi and torturing her forever and she forgives him and has sex with him in this book? Yeah, I have a hard time with that.

And Con is still having a hard time believing Kinsey didn’t make up some reason for her to be there and that she’s really there to spy on the dragons and get proof that there really are dragons at Dreagan.

No sex in this part and the F-bomb was not used.

SMOKE AND FIRE Part 3

So, this will never be one of my Dragon King books. I got so tired of Kinsey saying, “He left me,” and her constant pity party; how he broke her heart, how afraid she was about giving him another chance, but having sex with him anyway. I had a hard time liking Kinsey. The best thing about this part was the time dedicated to Rhi and her “watcher.”

SMOKE AND FIRE Part 4

I wish I had just read this part first since it was the only one that was really any good: The “evidence” that Kinsey was at Dreagan to spy on them, Ryder dreading the fact that he was going to have to kill Kinsey, her in an almost catatonic state while she walked through the mansion, naked, and kicking the dragon asses, to get to Esther to kill her, to getting lost in her own mind, caused by a druid’s magic. Just all kinds of excitement in this final part. Best part in the series.

There was a couple of sex scenes and the F-bomb was used 1 time.

As to the narrator: No matter how hard I try Antony Ferguson will never be a favorite of mine. There just something wrong with his voice. None of his voices are “verra” good, male or female. And he has a difficult whispering when he really, really needs to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

Rhi'ly?

I'm struggling with the fact this many books in the narrator, of his own accord or not, has changed the pronunciation of Rhi's name from a long i sound to a long e sound. I'm not far enough to rate the rest of the book but this is driving me a little nuts.

I get Ryder plays heavily in this book but I think we're all astute enough to keep it straight without the switch up in the audio presentation.

I hope it switches back soon.

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  • Jodie
  • Laurel, IN, United States
  • 02-24-18

It’s Rhiiiii, not Rheee

What made the experience of listening to Smoke and Fire the most enjoyable?

The story is fine....predictable but fine. The narration was also fine. But why did Ferguson change the pronunciation of Rhys name? He has narrated the 8 books before this one...HE introduced us to Rhy. Even if someone came along and said ‘Hey, actually it’s pronounced differently’....it’s too late! You’re 9 books into the series....you cannot change it now. So, of course, that distracted me from the story a bit.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rhy is always my favorite.

Any additional comments?

As much as I have enjoyed the series, I do hope we get to the end soon. Or at least move the story further by answering some of the long drawn out questions. Who is Rhys’ King? Why did he leave her? What is the weapon? Etc.

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  • Tiffany
  • Huntington Beach, CA, United States
  • 01-26-18

Name pronunciation...

Why I why can't the narrators do their research... I absolutely HATE it when they change the pronunciation of the names.. just throws me off. Love this serie.

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  • Jamie
  • DeSoto, TX, United States
  • 12-21-17

Who is Ree?

The narrator decided to change up Rhi to Ree and it bugged me the entire time.

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miss pronounced names after 9 books

i love the DK but in this book the light fae Ry was mispronounced as Ree. After 8 books someone should have caught this.

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  • Amy
  • Johnson City, Tn, United States
  • 06-06-17

why did the narrator change how he pronounces Rhi?

Another great Dragon Kings book. e
Excellent story as with the others in the series and the narrator does a great job - except in this, the 9th book of the series he now pronounces Rhi completely different from his he did in the first 8 books and it's very annoying

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  • Lori
  • Ocala, FL, United States
  • 04-10-17

Great

I highly recommend these books by Donna Grant! The Dark Warriors, Dark Kings, and Reapers are all great series.

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Narrator can't remember former work.

What did you like best about Smoke and Fire? What did you like least?

While I enjoy the story line of the Dark Kings Series, listening to Anthony Ferguson change the way he has always pronounced Rhy's name is a complete annoyance. It almost ruins the book.

What didn’t you like about Antony Ferguson’s performance?

In the last couple of books, he completely changed the way he pronounces Rhy's name. It jumps out so blatantly that it takes away from everything going on in the story. Does he not remember the first seven books where he called her Rhi? Now he wants to change it to Ree. Took me forever to figure out who he was talking about. Real Bummer!!! He is the reason I gave the book a low score. I know that I will not start any more series with him as a narrator.

Was Smoke and Fire worth the listening time?

I will finish the book because I am hooked on the story, but every time he calls Rhy's name, I cringe and get a bit mad!

Any additional comments?

Somebody please tell him about this flaw. I have read other complaints about it, but didn't know what they were talking about until I heard it myself.

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l Love the series but......

Love the Dark Kings series. I am hooked and can't wait for the next book. However we are too far in the series for the narrator to change the pronunciation of names. Also the suspense of who Rhi's dragon king is has dragged on for two long. But it was still a good book.